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Santa, Local Celebs Add Cheer to Children’s Inn Season

Santa and Mrs. Claus visit with an inn patient.

Santa and Mrs. Claus visit the Children's Inn for the Santa Ride event.

Photo: Sonja Luecke

A police officer visits with Children's Inn patient.

Officers of the Montgomery County Police Department visit the Children’s Inn for the Santa Ride event.

Photo: Sonja Luecke

Santa on a motorcycle

Santa rides a Harley?

Photo: Sonja Luecke

Real Housewives of Potomac star Karen Huger does art with inn patients.

Real Housewives of Potomac star Karen Huger (l) and Sarah Mi (r), an NIH postbac researcher, join Children's Inn residents Fadia Abugattas, 22, and Ryan Aguirre, 5.

Photo: Sonja Luecke

Basketball star decorates cookies at the Children's Inn.

NBA star Markieff Morris of the Washington Wizards decorates cookies with inn folks on Dec. 22.

Photo: Sonja Luecke

The holiday season at the Children’s Inn at NIH was decidedly cheerier with visits by Santa and several local celebrities.

On Dec. 13, about 50 families gathered outside the inn to greet the annual Santa Ride featuring both the main man and Mrs. Claus, escorted by about 30 motorcycle officers from the Montgomery County Police Department who arrived with sirens blaring.

Sans reindeer for the visit, Santa (also known as MCPD Ofcr. Robert Ladany) stepped off a Harley- Davidson, to the delighted cheers of inn residents. Once inside, he and the missus took photos with kids and chatted about holiday wishes as police motorcycle “elves” painted residents’ faces and had their own faces painted.

On Dec. 22, Washington Wizards power forward Markieff Morris temporarily traded the basketball for an icing tube to help make cookies for Santa with inn kids and family members.

That same day, Real Housewives of Potomac reality TV star Karen Huger helped out during Camp INNcredible, a daily 2-hour winter break camp experience filled with fun learning activities for children spending the holidays at the inn.

The NIH Record

The NIH Record, founded in 1949, is the biweekly newsletter for employees of the National Institutes of Health.

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Associate Editor: Carla Garnett

Staff Writers:

Eric Bock

Dana Talesnik

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